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 #80584  by Neddy
 Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:38 am
This thread began with the words "I was curious to find out for myself just how well a cheap Tablet functioned as a GPS."
The answer was "very well indeed" but in my final summation I totally ignored cost. I'm not talking about money, I'm talking about time and effort. To get iGO or CoPilot running fully functioned on a tablet takes an inordinate amount of time, effort and data manipulation. I don't really mind that too much so long as it is a "one-off" exercise, but I came to realise that just maintaining the files of such a system is a very big, never-ending burden. I have got CoPilot and iGO9 working well on my tablet, but it was something of a Pyrrhic victory. To update such a setup is just as complex as its creation with the exercise being so time-consuming that I will not be repeating it. It is only when you get involved with other systems that you realise how wonderfully easy it is to update a Garmin GPS.

Despite being completely free, BaseCamp is a really good, powerful mapping application ideally suited to running on any PC where it is an ideal tool for trip planning. Mine is loaded with Garmin maps, Free Open NZ GPS maps and NZ Topographical maps. The program is engineered to interface seamlessly with Garmin GPSs. If you relegate trip planning to BaseCamp, most any GPS will get you to your selected destination, but even the smallest entry-level Garmin GPS also has the ability to store and display multiple mapsets and full 4 column data. With Garmin GPS models ranging from less than $100 to over $400 there is one to suit every pocket.

I have travelled full circle.
 #85442  by Neddy
 Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:24 am
That's really cheap, Peter, but without an AV/in socket for a back-up camera it wouldn't qualify for my short-list.

 #85463  by petercw
 Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:23 pm
Thx Nev, I knew there was something I had forgotten..
Happy holidays
 #100208  by Neddy
 Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:46 am
Today,when I turned on the tablet, I found that all my navigation apps had disappeared. Gone.
As if that was not bad enough, it had reverted to its native tongue - everything was now in Chinese.
Drawing on the full depth of my extensive computer knowledge, I pressed the reset button. No change.
In this state the device is all but useless - though the screen can still display any camera input via its AV/in port.
So, for me, that's it. The end of a long, trying saga. I am older, sadder, poorer but perhaps a little wiser.

Would I recommend that anyone else follow the same path?
Well, no, I wouldn't. Even when it was working properly this thing was never as good as a "proper" GPS.
The screen was not as clear.
The mounting hardware was inferior.
It took a LOT longer to boot and get a navigation fix.
The sound volume and quality were inferior.
It was way more fiddly to operate.
Verbal directions were not as good.
The screen was not as bright so was harder to see in bright daylight.
Loading custom POIs was much more complex.

I have tried many navigation apps that can be run on a Smartphone.
They are mere playthings.
A small-screen cellphone is simply not an effective navigation device that can be safely used while driving.

You want a GPS for your vehicle?
Get a proper one that has been purpose-built for the job.

 #100213  by mattn
 Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:46 am
Neville - Have you (or anyone) looked at the WiFi cameras as an alternate to AVin?
 #100214  by Neddy
 Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:53 pm
I have no personal experience with WiFi cameras, but they are readily available, see ... =y&catId=0

It's funny you should mention back-up cameras, Matt. At this very moment I have got a dedicated 7" rear-vision screen for sale - complete with mounting bracket and AV/in socket. All it needs is a back-up camera and these are readily available priced from just $5 to $40+ depending on the size/type you require.

 #100225  by scubadoo
 Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:56 pm

I have the equivalent of one of these temporarily attached to the rear of our motorhome as an experiment: ... =954047104

It displays a perfect image on our dash mounted 10" android tablet through appropriate apps either directly or via our never off Huawei WiFI hotspot (easier). No interference at all.
I have little interest in either a permanent or automagic reversing operation/display. I simply override the usual running GPS app as required.
It will almost certainly become a permanent fixture in the near future.
Close up reversing safety is our only use. For distant rear viewing I will continue to use the mirrors.
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